VERMONT HIGHWAY SAFETY CORRIDORS ANNOUNCED FOR 2019 SUMMER SEASON
Montpelier, Vt. – The State Highway Safety Office of the Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) has announced the locations of the 2019 Operation Safety Corridor that will be the focus of a public awareness campaign now through the end of August.
“With more Vermonters and visitors on Vermont roadways during the summer season, we hope to make all motorists aware of the areas that require extra attention,” said Bruce Nyquist, State Highway Safety Office Manager. “We want to highlight the need for people to slow down and pay close attention in these targeted areas.”
AOT, Vermont State Police, and DMV Enforcement created Operation Safety Corridor in 2017 after noticing that certain sections of roadways were providing safety challenges for law enforcement and maintenance crews due to high traffic volumes, high vehicle speeds, and/or high crash numbers. Each year, Operation Safety Corridor identifies several stretches of road throughout the state to emphasize with an increased police presence and additional signing in an effort to educate drivers.
The 2019 safety corridors include two locations on interstates and two places on state highways:
Chittenden County: Interstate 89 from Exit 13 to Exit 16
High vehicle volumes, a hazardous high speed differential*, and aggressive driving behavior
White River Junction Area: Interstate 91 from the 55 mph zone north to Exit 12
High vehicle volumes, multiple high-speed merging areas (intersection of I-89 and I-91), reduced speed zone (55 mph) and high speed differential*, and high number of electronic-device violations
Pownal-Bennington: U.S. Route 7
High speed area (50 mph), five fatal crashes from 2014 to 2018, and in Pownal 38.6% of the crashes from 2014 to present were injury crashes (compared to 20% on all state highways)
Bridport-Vergennes: VT Route 22A
High speed roadway, high percentage of tractor trailers, and high numbers
*High speed differential means that there is a significant difference between the speed limit (55 mph) and the speed at which many people drive. Drivers that travel considerably faster than the rest of traffic will likely need to brake severely and conduct emergency evasive maneuvers.